Entrepreneurs create jobs that build a better working world in Canada -
TORONTO, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - EY is proud to announce the 2013 Ontario
Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists today. The announcement marks 20
years of shining the spotlight on leading entrepreneurs revving the job
creation engine across Canada and around the world.
"Our Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are helping lay the foundation
for a better working world," says Colleen McMorrow, National and
Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "In Ontario and
across Canada, their contributions go well beyond the bottom line —
they're job creators."
The theme of job creation was very clear at EY's World Entrepreneur Of
The Year (WEOY) awards held in Monaco last month. Together, the 47
companies gathered at the event represented a remarkable 59,000 jobs
created in the last three years alone.
That finding was compounded by EY's latest report, Global job creation, which found the leading entrepreneur survey respondents are continuing
to hire, not only to support their entry into new markets but to meet
new demand for goods and services. Accordingly, the future of job
creation is set to come not from the big corporations or government,
but from entrepreneurs, who represent 66% of job creation within the
OECD and 85% within the EU.
"That's why it's so important to support our entrepreneurs and the next
generation of entrepreneurial talent," says McMorrow. "Because when we
stand behind these business leaders and empower them to thrive, there's
no limit to what they can achieve."
From coast to coast, our finalists represent 50,909 jobs in Canada.
That's something that WEOY keynote speaker Kofi Annan called a crucial
step toward tackling youth unemployment. McMorrow adds: "Entrepreneurs
aren't just creating a future for themselves, they're creating a better
future for the next generation, where jobs are attainable and dreams
are within reach."
Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The
Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists
are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and
The Ontario winners will be announced at a gala on 24 October. The
overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in
Toronto on 27 November.
The 2013 Ontario finalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year:
DMC Mining Services | Richmond Hill
Provides mining services such as pre-feasibility studies, technical
engineering services, raise boring and excavation, civil and mine
construction, lateral development, shaft sinking and contract mining.
FlexITy Solutions Inc. | Richmond Hill
Provides infrastructure solutions, managed services, and full lifecycle
iFinance Canada Inc. | Toronto
Provides consumer loans to Canadians for medical, dental, veterinary and
home improvement needs.
TES The Employment Solution | Toronto
Supplies handpicked contract, permanent and temporary personnel for IT,
engineering, technical and skilled trades positions across North
America, and implements large-scale IT infrastructure
Business-to-consumer products and services
CBI Health Group | Toronto
A health care services and management company, operates clinics and
facilities for patients and communities in Canada.
ChildVentures Early Learning Academy | Burlington
A multiunit business offering outstanding child care and preschool
education to 0-6 year-olds using proprietary curriculum blends of three
Elizabeth Grant Int. Inc. | Toronto
Manufactures and distributes a line of luxurious skin care on shopping
Cleantech and manufacturing
Entropex | Sarnia
Makes sustainable packaging possible.
Lynch Fluid Controls Inc. | Mississauga
Conceptualizes 3D modeling/designing, planning, engineering, automated
manufacturing, assembling and validating fluid power motion control
manifolds and integrated hydraulic systems.
Normerica Inc. | Mississauga
Manufactures all-natural dog biscuits, treats and wet dog food.
TNR Industrial Doors Inc. | Barrie
Manufactures high-performance rubber doors with patented curtain locks,
guides and bottom bars for the industrial/commercial markets.
CentriLogic Inc. | Mississauga
Provides international hybrid hosting, cloud computing, co-location and
data center solutions, with headquarters in Canada and data center
facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Global Governance Advisors | Toronto
A global professional advisory firm that exclusively assists boards,
executives and investment organizations in maximizing the effectiveness
of their executive compensation, board governance and overall human
resources committee mandate.
Ontario Consumers Home Services | Toronto
Long-term rental of high-efficiency products (furnace, air conditioners,
water softeners, water filtration systems and smart thermostats).
SPL Consultants Limited | Woodbridge
A multidisciplined consulting engineering firm specializing in
geotechnical, environmental and hydrogeological engineering, materials
engineering and inspections.
Food and beverage
Brick Brewing Co. Limited | Kitchener
Manufactures and distributes beer and ready-to-drink beverages for
consumption across Canada.
Hero Certified Burgers | Toronto
The first Canadian franchise to offer 100% Heritage Angus Beef,
completely free of additives, growth hormones, steroids and
Mastronardi Produce Ltd. | Kingsville
A greenhouse operation that encompasses product research, growing,
marketing and distribution of gourmet hydroponic produce while
maintaining environmental priorities and exceeding industry food safety
Paramount Fine Foods | Toronto
Provides authentic Middle Eastern foods through its chain of
restaurants, halal butcher shops and wholesale food distribution
outlets in Ontario.
Media and entertainment
Drayton Entertainment | Cambridge
An award-winning circuit of seven live theatres operating in six
communities across Ontario: Cambridge, Drayton, Grand Bend,
Penetanguishene, Waterloo and St. Jacobs.
JUICE Mobile | Toronto
Provides solutions to brands and publishers looking to respond to the
rapid growth and adoption of mobile devices among consumers.
Voices.com | London
An online marketplace that connects businesses with professional voice
EllisDon Corporation | Mississauga
A general contractor specializing in construction and project management
as well as a variety of construction services such as BIM, ICT and
Huntington Properties Ottawa Inc. | Ottawa
Asset and property management in commercial real estate focusing on the
National Capital Region of Canada and the surrounding area.
Losani Homes Group of Companies | Stoney Creek
A residential and commercial builder and land developer.
Maram Building Corp. | Woodbridge
A general contractor specializing in new construction, development,
renovation, structural restoration, commercial, industrial,
institutional and residential construction.
Software and technology
Desire2Learn Inc. | Kitchener
A global leader in cloud-based (SaaS) learning solutions with over 750
clients and 10 million learners in higher education, K-12, health care,
government and the corporate sector.
Phoenix Interactive Design Inc. | London
Designs and develops mission-critical software for banks that operate
complex and sophisticated self-service systems commonly known as
automated teller machines (ATMs).
QA Consultants | Toronto
North America's largest software testing firm.
BNOTIONS | Toronto
Focuses on strategy, design and the development of mobile, web and
Anatoliy Melnichuk, Michele Romanow, Ryan Marien
Buytopia.ca | Toronto
A leading online discount retailer offering deals on everything from
restaurants, spas and activities to Canada's largest retailers and
Clearpath Robotics | Kitchener
A global provider for unmanned vehicle systems serving over 25 countries
TalentEgg Inc. | Toronto
Canada's most popular job board and online career resource for college
and university students and recent graduates.
Special citation — Social entrepreneur
Social entrepreneur is a unique category that awards a special citation
to an entrepreneur whose achievements have driven large-scale social
change and improved people's lives or quality of life.
Building Markets | Ottawa
Connects local entrepreneurs in developing economies like Afghanistan,
Liberia and Myanmar to global contracts and credit.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year
Entrepreneurs turn us on. To new ideas, new ways of thinking and new
possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years
— and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent
judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and
previous award recipients. The 2013 Ontario judging panel consisted of
John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Claude
Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches; Tim Jackson, Vice President,
University Relations, University of Waterloo; Don Morrison, Senior
Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Nicole
Musicco, Vice President, Funds & Co-Investments, Ontario Teachers'
Pension Plan; David Shaw, 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year
professional services category winner and Founder and CEO,
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO,
MaRS Discovery District.
For more information on the program, FAQs, and key dates, please visit ey.com/ca/EOY.
For more information about the Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards
gala on 24 October 2013 and sponsorship opportunities please contact
Julie Olden 416 943 2062 at Julie.Olden@ca.ey.com.
Follow us on Twitter @EYCanada: #EOY20, #EOYOntario.
This year's national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse, RDI and Merrill DataSite. In Ontario, Entrepreneur Of The Year is
sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.
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